Lisa Vaughan – Consultant Solicitor

Lisa qualified as a solicitor in 2000 after taking her degree course as a mature student.
Prior to returning to tertiary education, she worked in Europe for many years for a non-profit making charitable organisation before returning to England to work for the National Health Service negotiating appropriate placements and services for people with mental and physical difficulties who were leaving long-stay hospitals to live in the community.
Lisa joined Gledhill Gill solicitors in January 2018.

Lisa is an experienced mental health lawyer and has been a member of the Mental Health Panel since 2003

Lisa’s client base is mainly restricted patients detained in high secure hospitals. Lisa undertakes Tribunal work for clients and represents in clients in Broadmoor, Ealing, London and Oxford.

Amanda Ogilvie – Office Administrator


Amanda has many years experience in office administration, including time in a psychology practice and a small national charity. she shares the administration and practice support function with Allan.   

A keen supporter of the arts, Amanda also works in venue and event management.

Allan Cross – Office Administrator

Allan previously ran a London-based editorial recruitment company and has a depth of experience in administration systems, database management and client care. The administration role, which he shares with Amanda, is to support the legal team, act as a communications hub between clients, solicitors and the Tribunal service, and provide back-office IT and archiving services.

Outside the office, Allan is a keen cyclist, runner, sailor, skier and golfer.

Louise Gledhill – Practice Manager

  • Louise has lengthy experience working in the mental health field. She has been Practice Manager for Gledhill Gill Solicitors since the firm was established in 1998.
  • She has previously worked in social housing and as a qualified counsellor with adults and young women.

Sam Polson – Senior Consultant Solicitor

  • Sam is an experienced solicitor, admitted in 2001 and has been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 1999.
  • Sam represents clients at Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers hearings. Sam’ s clients include civil and forensic patients detained in low, medium and high secure hospitals as well as those discharged to the community and seeking after-care and absolute discharge.
  • Sam has undertaken cases, which have been subsequently reported and have had an impact on the development of case law in this very dynamic area. These include: R (on the application of B)V Camden LBC {2005}EWCH ; Robinson v London Borough of Waltham Forest Co/9360/2005.
  • Sam is available to represent clients in London, Essex, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Sussex and Kent
  • Sam is a member of the MHLA.

Lindsay Messenger – Consultant Solicitor

  • Lindsay qualified as a Solicitor in 1990, and started working in the field of Mental Health law in 1995. She has been an accredited member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel continuously since then, becoming a Law Society Assessor for the scheme in 2000
  • From 1998 until joining Gledhill Gill Solicitors, Lindsay ran her own practice representing clients at Tribunal hearings, Hospital Managers’ hearings and Care Programme Approach Reviews, and advising patients and families regarding mental health and mental capacity law
  • Appointed as a Judge in the Mental Health Review Tribunal (now the First Tier Tribunal, Mental Health) in 1999, Lindsay continues to sit as a part time judge in locations where she does not also represent clients
  • Lindsay was a Lead Commissioner for the Mental Health Act Commission from 1999 until 2004, and during this period conducted inspections and enquiries concerning mental health hospitals throughout that period
  • Lindsay is a member of the MHLA, and is able to advise and represent clients throughout the East Anglian region having a base in Cambridge

Neil Hickman – Consultant Solicitor

  • Neil qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 and has been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 2010.
  • He has extensive experience in all areas of mental health law and previous experience in public and private family law.
  • Before re-training and qualifying as a solicitor, Neil previously worked as a mental health social worker for twelve years and as such has specialist mental health training.
  • Neil holds a Masters degree in Social Work
  • Neil is a member of the MHLA.

Rebecca Foley – Consultant Solicitor

  • Rebecca has been representing clients in mental health matters since 2010. She has been an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel since 2012, the same year that she qualified as a solicitor.
  • In 2013, Rebecca was a Finalist for for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year – Newcomer at the LAPG Awards.
  • Representing clients at Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers Hearings, Rebecca advises civil and forensic patients both in hospital and in the community throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Surrey and Berkshire.
  • Rebecca acts a mentor for law students seeking a career as a solicitor.

Elizabeth Beaney – Consultant Tribunal Representative

  • Elizabeth is a Mental Health Tribunal Representative. She has a wide breadth of mental health law experience and has specialised in this area since 2003.
  • She has extensive experience of representing clients at Tribunal hearings, Hospital Manager’s hearings and Care Programme Approach reviews. She has been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 2007.
  • Elizabeth is available to represent clients in the whole of Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, Berkshire and the Isle of Wight.
  • Elizabeth is a member of the MHLA.

Russell Parkes – Consultant Solicitor

  • Russell qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and became a partner at Heringtons Solicitors in 1989. He remained there until May 2014 when he joined our team at Gledhill Gill Solicitors.
  • Russell has been practicing Mental Health law for the last 25 years, initially representing patients also charged with criminal offences. Russell acquired his Higher Rights of Advocacy (Criminal) in 2004.
  • Russell was appointed as a part time Mental Health Tribunal Judge in 2002 and continues to sit regularly in the First Tier Tribunal. He has also been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 1999.
  • Russell sits as a Costs Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency and as an Assessor for the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 2012.
  • Russell is a member of the MHLA

Kayt Foster – Senior Consultant Solicitor

  • Kayt qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and has been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 2006 .
  • She has a wide experience in all areas of mental health law with previous experience in criminal and family work.
  • With a Masters degree in Child Law Kayt has a particular interest in child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Kayt is a member of the MHLA

Tam Gill – Principal Solicitor

  • Our Principal Solicitor, Tam Gill, qualified as a Solicitor in 2004 and has since specialised in mental health work. She has been an accredited member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel since 2004.
  • Tam was a Finalist for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year – Mental Health in the LAPG2013 and 2016 Awards.
  • She has a wealth of experience of Mental Health, Criminal Appeals and Prison Law (including Parole Board work) and is a specialist in forensic mental health law and practice, working extensively with patients in High Secure and Medium Secure Hospitals.
  • A qualified clinical biochemist, Tam has previously worked on research relating to psycho-tropic medication.
  • Tam is the current Chair of the Mental Health Lawyers Association (MHLA).
  • Tam has been an active MHLA Committee member for many years, with a particular interest in developing and delivering legal training (alongside MHLA colleagues and professional specialist guest speakers) to fellow mental health law practitioners.
  • Tam regularly arranges and provides fellow professionals with training on mental health law issues, in particular in relation to restricted work, case preparation and Tribunal advocacy.
  • Tam is also a visiting lecturer at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (University of Sussex) and the Wessex Deanery, where she delivers lectures to medical students and qualified doctors of all grades on specialist aspects of mental health law and procedure.
  • Tam was appointed a Law Society Assessor for the Mental Health Accreditation Scheme in 2012.
  • Appointed LAA Peer Reviewer for Mental Health in 2016.
  • She also holds the post of Legal Aid Agency Independent Costs Adjudicator.
  • Tam has previously been engaged as a Mental Health Act Commissioner for the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • She has previously sat as an Associate Hospital Manager.
  • Fluent in Punjabi, Hindi and several other Asian languages.